Archive for January, 2013

USPS looking for a Dynamic Routing Delivery Strategy

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 31st, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Posted in USPS

Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet Feb. 8

without comments

Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet Feb. 8

CFO Briefing Follows Open Session Meeting

WASHINGTON — The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service will meet Feb. 8 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Call to order and remarks of the Chairman of the Board
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of prior minutes
  4. Committee appointments and reports
  5. Quarterly report on financial performance
  6. Quarterly service performance report
  7. Tentative agenda for the April 9 meeting
  8. Adjourn

Open session meetings of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

CFO Briefing
Following the Board’s open meeting on Feb. 8, Postmaster General & CEO Patrick Donahoe and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

To attend by phone with audio only: dial 866-966-6305 (meeting ID: 4002211).

To attend the web conference and join with audio:

  1. Browse to http://meetingplace4.usps.gov/join.asp?4002211
  2. After the MeetingPlace window is open, click the Phone icon (under the Participant List or in the upper right-hand corner).
  3. Click Connect Me, validate or update your phone number and click Connect Me again.
  4. When the system calls you, press 1 to join.

The briefing will also be available on live audio webcast (listen only) at:
http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/cfo/welcome.htm.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 31st, 2013 at 11:38 am

Posted in USPS

Deconstructing: How The USPS Is Killing Indie

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Posted in USPS

At the Postal Service, new reports reveal the strain of change

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Posted in USPS

Consolidation and cost-cutting are USPS 2013 resolutions

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Posted in USPS

IMb Tracing Data Disruption

with 2 comments

From the IMb Tracing Help Desk –

Attention IMb Tracing™ Subscribers

You are receiving this email to inform you of a recent disruption in provisioning IMb Tracing data.

The Postal Service is in the process of upgrading its letter mail processing equipment software in support of the January 2013 POSTNET retirement. As a result of this migration, some scan data was not reported to the IMb Tracing system from mid-January to present. The Postal Service identified the root cause of the issue and immediately initiated steps to limit further data loss. A monitoring process has been instituted to verify software configuration is set correctly.

Please note, there has been no impact to mail processing or service performance as a result of this issue.

We appreciate your patience and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to your internal processes. Please continue to report any IMb Tracing data issues to the IMb Tracing helpdesk.

——————————
As an IMb Tracing service provider, we knew and reported the problem soon after the changes took place.

In addition to noticing the data disruption, we continue in the endless cycle of getting Operation Codes that the Postal Service will not share the definitions of, even after repeated requests for the information.  These are Operation Codes that should not be provisioned to IMb Tracing subscribers, yet, there they are, and we need to know what Operation they refer to.  These invalid codes are reported, semi-cleaned up or not acted upon at all, and the cycle continues.

Systems require a strong foundation before they can be expanded upon.  Reliable, easily accessible data, delivered in a timely manner is expected in order to add value to the mail stream, and in order for Full Service IMb to fulfill its promises.  The USPS should be expected to deliver nothing less.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Posted in USPS

USPS News Link Story – Smooth transition

without comments

The Postal Service plans to continue this phase of its realignment plan from January through July, with projected savings of more than $1 billion annually. This is part of a larger comprehensive plan designed to cut costs by $20 billion in 2015, without affecting service.

via USPS News Link Story – Smooth transition.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Posted in USPS

FIRST-CLASS MAIL SINGLE-PIECE RESIDUAL

without comments

MODIFICATION OF MAIL CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULE REGARDING FIRST-CLASS MAIL SINGLE-PIECE RESIDUAL PRICE TABLE

RESPONSE OF UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
TO COMMISSION’S INFORMATION REQUEST NO. 1

CIR 1 Response Final.pdf application/pdf Object.

The newest chapter in the First Class Single Piece residual saga….

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Posted in USPS

Intermittent Outages

without comments

From the USPS PostalOne Help Desk –

Business Customer Gateway Incident #130122-0002   **Final Update**

We experienced intermittent outages on USPS.com and the Business Customer Gateway yesterday.

Both systems are now functioning normally.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have any further questions please contact the PostalOne! Help Desk at 800-522-9085.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Great update, eh?  Very informative, and gives you a warm and fuzzy about the stability of the systems, doesn’t it?  My favorite part is the punch line, “both systems are now functioning normally”…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Posted in USPS

First Class Residual Commercial Mail Limbo

with one comment

So – The USPS rates changed this past weekend.

Here’s a question – what is the correct rate for residual pieces in a  presorted First-Class mailing?

Is it 48 cents for both 1 and 2 ounce pieces?

Is it 48 cents or 66 cents, based on weight and separation?

The USPS posted this DMM Advisory:

Commercial Residual First-Class Mail Letters

Effective January 27, 2013, there will be a change in how single-piece commercial residual First-Class Mail® letters are reported on PS Form 3600-FCM, Postage Statement – First-Class Mail. The pricing structure for presorted and automation First-Class Mail letters retains the change implemented in 2012 for the minimum postage charge to be that for a 2-ounce letter, and extends the concept to commercial residual piece letters that are part of the same mailing job and presented at the same time as the presorted and/or automation mailing.

The reason for this change is to minimize extra sorting for commercial residual prices and allow for a uniform price for both 1-ounce and 2-ounces for commercial residual First-Class Mail letters. There is no change to the physical handling of the mailpieces. Complete information on the reporting and mail makeup of First-Class Mail residual letters can be found on RIBBS under Important Links on the Latest News page.
———————————————
Great, right?  Well, no.  The PRC did not approve.  Everybody wants to talk about it some more.  Meanwhile, life goes on, and so does the mail.  Mailers are right now making decisions, and one of those decisions is to DROP these pieces, not mail them.  That’s right, don’t mail them – there is so much confusion about the handling of these pieces, it is easier to not handle them at all.

Driving mail out of the mail stream is not acceptable.  This is a ridiculous situation and it needs to be rectified quickly.  We don’t have time for talk.  Once out of the mail stream, these pieces will probably not come back.

Everybody loses.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Posted in USPS